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HILLARY CLINTON TELLS LIBRARIANS THEY PROTECT TRUTH, FACTS

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:57:20 +0000

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“Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation when she said librarians are on the front line of “the fight to defend truth and reason, evidence and facts.”The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke Tuesday during the American Library Association’s meeting in Chicago.” (via The Associated Press)

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JORDAN’S ‘PAY AS YOU LIKE’ BOOKSTORE SAVED BY CROWD-FUNDING

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:18:44 +0000

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“For years, Hamzeh AlMaaytah nurtured a community of book lovers in Jordan, keeping his bookstore in Amman’s old center open around the clock, encouraging customers to linger over rare treasures and often allowing them to set the price for a purchase. His supporters recently had a chance to repay him when the local landmark was […]

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Toronto Reference Library gets in on vinyl craze, buys 100 records

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:47:07 +0000

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“Who says libraries aren’t hip? The Toronto Reference Library is kicking it old school, buying vinyl records for the first time in three decades. The library is adding 100 titles. It already has more than 15,000 vinyl records on its shelves, but it has not added anything since the 1980s, so there were some notable […]

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LexisNexis Launches Lexis Answers, Infusing New Artificial Intelligence Capabilities into the Company’s Flagship Legal Research Platform, Lexis Advance

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:23:31 +0000

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“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional today announced the launch of Lexis® Answers, a new artificial intelligence (A.I.) enhancement within its flagship Lexis Advance® offering. Using powerful machine learning, cognitive computing and advanced natural language processing technologies, Lexis Answers transforms legal research by understanding the user’s natural language question and delivering the clearest, most concise and authoritative […]

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After Budget Cuts, Miizzou Libraries Seeks Book Donations

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:10:30 +0000

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“The University of Missouri Libraries is asking book lovers for some help.Library officials have a wish list of more than 400 books that they hoped to buy but are not able to because of budget cuts.The most expensive is “Complete and Truly Outstanding Works by Homer,” which costs $5,250. The least expensive book on the […]

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US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:35:22 +0000

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“One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier, won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in damages for copyright infringement by Sci-Hub, the Library of Genesis (LibGen) project and related […]

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Anne Frank’s Diary At 75

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:26:37 +0000

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“It’s been 75 years since 13-year-old Anne Frank sat down to write her first diary entry about hiding during World War II. Today, her legacy is carried on at an elementary school in Philadelphia.” (via NPR)

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Millennials Are Using Public Libraries More Than Any Other Generation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:16:37 +0000

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“Most likely to prioritize avocado toast over home ownership. Most likely to hate cereal. Millennials get stuck with the most grating superlatives, but according to a Pew Research Center report from last fall, they’re getting a lot of things right, too. The generation frequents public libraries more often than members of any other age group.A […]

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To boost libraries, N.J. lawmakers push $125M bond issue

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:33:58 +0000

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“New Jersey lawmakers, seeking to help public libraries stay relevant, are pushing for additional funding for new building and technology upgrades to lure people to visit for more services than just books to take home. A bill that would provide grants to build, expand, or equip public libraries across the state won approval this week from […]

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Avid readers take on big job of building little libraries

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:46:37 +0000

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“Teens from Burbank and surrounding communities have come together this summer to build three Little Free Libraries in a project run by the Burbank Public Library. Once completed, each will be placed in locations throughout the city and filled with books to be shared by those passing by them.The wooden boxes will be installed by […]

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Librarians in the 21st Century: It Is Becoming Impossible to Remain Neutral

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:24:58 +0000

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“I love working the reference desk. Like most people, it was my first introduction to librarians as a little kid: the smiling person behind a desk, asking me if I needed help finding anything. In my last semester of graduate school, I took a job working the access services desk at a medical library, where […]

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Gale Launches Second Installment of the Archives of Sexuality and Gender Series

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:47:41 +0000

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“Gale, a Cengage company and leading provider of library resources, has released the second part of the award-winning LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 collection, which documents a broad range of LGBTQ experiences and the fight for equal rights.   “Gale is committed to meeting the growing demand for diverse and timely content, like this new […]

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Transgender man files complaint against Seattle library over private restroom

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:27:43 +0000

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“A transgender man filed a complaint with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights on Monday afternoon against the Seattle Public Library for refusing to allow him to use the only private restroom in its downtown building, which is reserved for families.After Ryan “Comet” Alley refused to stop filming his encounter this past Wednesday with a […]

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Digital Maryland Collections Now Discoverable in DPLA

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:54:03 +0000

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“Our collections and our partner network are growing! The collections of our newest hub, Digital Maryland, are now searchable in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) alongside millions of resources from partners across the country. The new Maryland Service Hub represents a collaborative effort between Digital Maryland, a statewide digitization program, and University System […]

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Academic books ‘at a crossroads’

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:16:06 +0000

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“The future of the academic book is at a crossroads, according to two reports suggesting that new book proposals are growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to develop a new vision that embraces technology and […]

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COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 2,700 BOOKS SPANS US PRESIDENCY

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:49:04 +0000

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“The New Hampshire Political Library doesn’t include any books about President Donald Trump, but even he likely would agree its new collection of presidential biographies, memoirs and monographs is huge. Arthur Young of Manchester spent 25 years collecting 2,744 books on the presidency, the founding fathers and other people and events related to the nation’s […]

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The Power of the Russian State vs. a Librarian

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:46:26 +0000

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“There is something particularly Orwellian about accusing a librarian of hate crimes because books under her care don’t jibe with government propaganda. That, in essence, is what a Russian court did in giving to Natalia Sharina a four-year suspended sentence because the Moscow Library of Ukrainian Literature, which she formerly headed, purportedly carried literature that […]

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Schools Tap Secret Spectrum to Beam Free Internet to Students

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:10:09 +0000

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“THE FLOOR-TO-CEILING GLASS wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the […]

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Washington State Library joins forces with the Seattle Public Library to promote reading and literacy statewide through Center for the book

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:24:58 +0000

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“The Washington State Library has joined forces with The Seattle Public Library to lead the work of the Washington Center for the Book. The Seattle Public Library was designated as the home for the Washington State Center for the Book by the U.S. Library of Congress back in 1989. The mission of the Washington Center […]

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‘Subway Library’ offers riders a read on their commute

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:03:45 +0000

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“At least straphangers will have something to read while they’re stuck on a train.Modal TriggerThe “Subway Library” is a special promotion providing riders access to hundreds of free e-books, e-shorts and extensive excerpts. The MTA has remade a subway train to look like the inside of the New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading Room […]

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LexisNexis Announces Acquisition of Ravel Law

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:29:52 +0000

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“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, part of information and analytics provider RELX Group, today announced its acquisition of Ravel Law, a legal research, analytics and visualization platform that empowers users to contextualize and interpret vast amounts of information to uncover valuable insights. The acquisition will expand the LexisNexis Legal Analytics suite of products through full integration […]

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As Evanston moves to fire ‘Cranky Librarian,’ e-mails reveal longtime board plan to get rid of her

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:05:24 +0000

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“Evanston library’s “Cranky Librarian” problem blew up in a major way during the last week. As the library’s board initiated abrupt termination proceedings for Lesley Williams (aka “Cranky”), e-mails surfaced revealing that board members and the library’s director had been conspiring to get rid of her for several years. (via Bleader)

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Northwestern and Indiana University Libraries Expand Audiovisual Repository Service with $1 Million Federal Grant

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:42:21 +0000

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“A $967,000 federal grant will allow Northwestern University Libraries and Indiana University Libraries to enhance their jointly developed audiovisual repository system, further improving the ability of archival institutions to manage and make accessible large digital collections of video and audio.” (via Indiana University Libraries)

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Nashville Public Library Named 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:35:20 +0000

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“Tennessee’s Nashville Public Library (NPL) has been named the 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale, a Cengage company. The Library of the Year is a prestigious honor awarded to a library that demonstrates profound service to community, creativity, leadership, and innovation in developing community programs. Nashville Public Library stands out for […]

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Oculus to install nearly 100 free VR systems throughout California library network

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:58:39 +0000

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“Here’s a novel approach to getting high-end virtual reality to the public: Make it free. That’s what Oculus is doing in California with an initiative that will place 100 Oculus Rift headsets and VR-ready PC systems in 90 libraries throughout the state. Making high-end VR available through local libraries isn’t just a brilliant bit of marketing by […]

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